Birds of the World

Birds of the World

by Les Beletsky
     
 

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This stunning collection of art and text captures the grace, beauty,
and flamboyance of the world's birds. In more than 400 pages,
ornithologist Les Beletsky has gathered over 1,600 original paintings that reveal the form, posture, and plumage of all the avian families,
with featured illustrations of 1,307 species. The paintings are from eleven of the

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Overview

This stunning collection of art and text captures the grace, beauty,
and flamboyance of the world's birds. In more than 400 pages,
ornithologist Les Beletsky has gathered over 1,600 original paintings that reveal the form, posture, and plumage of all the avian families,
with featured illustrations of 1,307 species. The paintings are from eleven of the world's leading bird artists, with many being published here for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World

Likely to be on the wish lists of bird-lovers everywhere.

New York Times

Birds of the World rests on a simple, indisputable premise: 'Birds are beautiful animals and many people enjoy watching them.' Beletsky makes this point in the first sentence of his preface and honors it in the ensuing 500 or so pages.

— William Grimes

Science News

A richly illustrated introduction to various wild birds.

Booklist

Some books are handsome, others easy to use, and still others, interesting to read. This is all three and more.

Birder's World

A valuable, enjoyable global survey that induces wanderlust and explains in equal measure.

Maryland Ornithological Society

Refreshingly lively... This is a book to browse for enjoyment, not a dry reference tome.

American Reference Books Annual

Probably the most attractive, and certainly the most current, overview of the world's bird species.

— Jonathan F. Husband

Quarterly Review of Biology

Stands up well to the rest of the competition and deserves praise for its clear organization, wealth of accessible information, handsome and abundant illustrations, and affordability.

Discovery

For those now inspired enough to want to learn more about the roughly 200 families of birds (10,000 known species), Les Beletsky's Birds of the World provides a spectacular introduction.

Penguins and loons; grebes and albatrosses; storm-petrels, diving petrels; guinea fowl and turkeys; cranes and bustards; sandpipers and snipes; plovers and lapwings; falcons, ducks, and eagles: Les Beletsky's Birds of the World soars above the competition with 1,600 original paintings of avian families, from tiny hummingbirds to giant shadow–casting vultures. This 500-plus-page pictorial will be the centerpiece of any gift day celebration.
From the Publisher
"Expert naturalist Les Beletsky and a team of first-rate artists have produced a bird world overview that is as accurate and informative as it is beautiful." —Kenn Kaufman, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884290
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
SLIPCASE
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 11.40(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

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Kenn Kaufman
Expert naturalist Les Beletsky and a team of first-rate artists have produced a bird world overview that is as accurate and informative as it is beautiful.

Meet the Author

Les Beletsky is series editor of the Travelers'
Wildlife Guides and Visiting Scholar at the Burke Museum of Natural
History and Culture, University of Washington. Illustrators include
David Nurney, John Sill, Frank Knight, Brian Small, H. Douglas Pratt,
John Gale, David Beadle, Diane Pierce, Dan Lane, John O'Neill,
and Norman Arlott. The layout and design was produced by famed designers Scott & Nix.

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